With nice weather expected this weekend, why not have a BBQ. Here are some ideas from Love Food Hate Waste on how to have a tasty BBQ on a budget
1. Go for quality over quantity when it comes to meat and your friends will be really impressed by the taste. Buy some British chicken thighs (much cheaper than chicken breasts) and make kebabs with them, adding onions, peppers, mushrooms etc to make the meat go further.
2. Keep all your meat in the fridge until you need it rather than leaving it to get warm in the sun. This way if it’s not all eaten you can freeze it for another time.
3. Never leave cooked meat out for longer than 2 hours and make sure it goes into the fridge within that timeto ensure you can have some for tea or for tomorrow’s lunch. Leaving meat in the sun for too long is the sure way to a dodgy tummy OR a complete waste of money as you throws them away.
4. Don’t forget the side dishesand make sure they are ones you know you will eat up if there are any leftovers – the fridge rule applies here too! Think about what you have lying around and in the freezer and use up odds and ends rather than buying in new. Leftover pasta in the fridge or freezer? Turn it into a pasta salad with mayonnaise and frozen peas or add some dressing a few salad leaves.
5. Make your own hummus as a dip- oh so cheap and tastes great. Soak dried chickpeas overnight and cook in advance for the cheapest option rather than buying in tins. Simply chuck in tin chickpeas, 2 small cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of tahini (can stay in the fridge for weeks if you keep it covered in oil) and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a blender and blitz until it looks like a dip. Serve withcarrot sticks (if they are looking droopy chop off the top and tail and put in cold water for 30 mins to crisp up), celery, bread (looking a bit stale? Dunk in water and put in a hot over for a few mins – crisps up perfectly for this).
6. Do jacket potatoes wrapped in foil(top tip – start them in the microwave first to get them going). Don’t buy massive potatoes specifically as you are paying for the size and uniformity. Just buy a range and they will suit all sizes and appetites)
7. If you have any Mediterranean vegetablesto use up, such as courgettes, aubergines and peppers, brush them with olive oil and char grill until soft
8. Keep the children entertained by giving them refreshing lollies made with left over fruit juice, smoothies and yoghurts frozen into ice-lolly moulds.
Remember to Recycle all those beer/wine and fizzy drinks bottles as well as tubs, trays and pots as part of the Recycle for Dorset service.